Last month we celebrated Earth Day, and I wanted to use this article to talk about Nature’s Wonderful Sweetener: Honey.
The journey of honey begins with the honey bees; a naturally sweet thick substance produced by honey bees from the nectar of plants. Honey is primarily composed of sugars glucose, fructose and water. The color and flavor of honey depends on the bees and nectar’s source. Furthermore, darker honey has been shown to be higher in antioxidant content than light honey. In general lighter colored honeys are delectably mild in flavor, in contrast to darker honey, which are distinctly bolder in flavor. Consequentially, there are more than 300 unique kinds of honey in the United States.
Honey has a rich source of antioxidants, enzymes, amino acids, proteins, vitamins A, C, D, E and B -12, and mineral such as iron, potassium, calcium, zinc and magnesium. In addition to, honey has anti-microbial properties, which kills certain bacteria that cause infection. Thus, its anti-bacterial properties prevent infection and function as an anti-inflammation agent reducing both swelling and pain.
The history of honey dates back to 2100 B.C, tributes and was highly valued and often used as a form of currency, tribute or as an offering. Honey is also a natural source of readily available carbohydrates, which provides strength and energy to our bodies. Honey is known for instantly boosting the performance and endurance of athletes.
The skin care industry is changing, as the consumer’s concerns for health safety and green consciousness increases, so does the demand for more genuine natural personal care products. Consumers want results from green cosmecuticals that uses organic ingredients with no down-time or harsh side effects, due to skin sensitivities, this where the “honey-wonder” comes in.
Consumers are interested in experiencing treatments with more organic ingredients and honey is one of the easiest ingredients to blend into spa treatments and formulations.
Honey does wonders for your skin, by treating common skin irritations such as: acne, seborrhea dermatitis, eczema, and psoriasis. The amino acids and vitamins protect the skin and stimulate cells in the regenerative process.
Honey has been used in everything, from scrubs, shampoos and conditioners, cleansers, lotions, soaps, lip balms, moisturizers and masques. Honey is a humectant, which means it adds moisture and retains moisture.
For thousands of years, honey has been recognized as having medicinal and therapeutic value. The benefits of honey includes, but are not limited to, supporting the cardiovascular system by preventing heart disease and cancer, strengthening the immune system, respiratory system by reducing allergies, aids the digestive system with probiotics, regulates pH balance, slows the aging process, first aid treatment for wounds, cuts and burns, treats and prevent acne, may prevent weight loss, helps treat sore throats, unclogs pores, and as a moisturizer soothes skin.
In conclusion, to benefit from the all “wonderfulness” of your honey, make sure to use pure raw honey, which contains vitamins, minerals and enzymes that may not be found in refined honey.